East Lothian BBN Award winners

A group of licensees from East Lothian were commended belatedly as they received their Best Bar None Award for 2019-20.

The winning venues were due to attend the East Lothian Best Bar None Award’s event at Prestonpans British Legion in early March, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event had to be cancelled.

Instead, East Lothian Community Safety Officer and Best Bar None Coordinator, PC Allen Paul, personally delivered the awards to each of the 27 participating venues.

Best Bar None is an accreditation and award scheme for licensed premises. Participants are given support and advice to improve the safety of their staff, premises and customers and to adopt high management standards. There are schemes running all over Scotland with over 500 licensed premises taking part throughout the country.

The initiative focuses on the key elements of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 which are:

1. Prevention of Crime and Disorder

2. Protection of Public Safety

3. Protection of the Environment

4. Promotion of Public Health

5. Protection of Children from Harm

Each venue is assessed in line with the objectives and then catergorised as ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ or ‘gold’ depending on their assessment. The top performing venues can then be nominated for the Best Bar None Scotland National Awards.

PC Allen Paul said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone involved in the licensed trade particularly hard and there are many challenging times ahead. However, it’s important to recognise that all of our licensed premises have shown a real commitment placing the welfare of staff and customers first, and for that we’d like to congratulate them in their efforts.”

This year saw 12 new participants in the scheme, one of which, East Lothian Cooperative Employees Bowling and Social Club, won a bronze award.

Premises who entered for the first time and received a silver award were:

· Wallyford Miners Welfare Society and Social Club

· The Brig and Barrel, Belhaven

· Sportsmans Bar, Musselburgh

· Prestonpans Royal British Legion

· Cockenzie and Port Seton Royal British Legion

· Macmerry Bowling Club

· The Puffin, North Berwick

· The Plough Tavern Hotel, Haddington

Other entrants to receive the silver status were Cockenzie and Port Seton Bowling Club and The Auld Hoose in North Berwick, both of whom achieved bronze awards the previous year.

The following entrants retained their gold award status for another year in a row were:

· The Royal Mackintosh Hotel, Dunbar

· The Pine Marten, Dunbar

· The Anchor Bar, Musselburgh

· Golfers Rest, North Berwick

· The Thorntree Inn, Cockenzie

· The Coalgate, Ormiston

Having achieved a silver award for the two previous years, The Craighouse Brewers Fayre in Whitecraig were delighted to get their hands on a gold award.

And new applicants; Prestongrange Gothenburg in Prestonpans, The Bonnie Badger in Gullane, and Eskmills venue in Musselburgh, all hit gold status their first year of entering.

Other award winners included The Golf Tavern in Haddington, who were awarded gold as well as being nominated for the National Awards in the 'Best Independent Bar'. The David Macbeth Moir in Musselburgh added a National nomination in the 'Best Bar' category to yet another gold award, and the 'Best Newcomer' Award nomination went to The Nether Abbey Hotel in North Berwick, following their gold win.

The Tweeddale Arms Hotel in Gifford once again achieved a gold award and was nominated for a national award in the category 'Heart of the Community'.

Commendation also went to Queen Margaret University Student Union for winning a gold award and also being nominated as a finalist for the second year in a row, at the National Awards in the 'Specialist Entertainment Venue' category.

The final gold award went to The Dunmuir Hotel in Dunbar, who were also nominated and listed for the second year in a row as a finalist for the National Awards in the 'Best Hotel Bar' category.

The National Awards, due to take place at Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 19th March this year, have now been rescheduled for Thursday 16th September 2021.

A full list of the award winners and images below:


Dunmuir Hotel 11 Newhouse Terrace, Dunbar

David Macbeth Moir 30-34 North High Street, Musselburgh

QMU Student Union Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh

Golfers Rest 109 High Street, North Berwick

The Golf Tavern 5 Bridge Street, Haddington

The Tweeddale Arms Hotel 3 High Street, Gifford

Anchor Bar 159 North High Street, Musselburgh

Royal Mackintosh Hotel Station Road, Dunbar

Eskmills Venue Station Road, Musselburgh

Nether Abbey Hotel 20 Dirleton Avenue, North Berwick

Prestoungrange Gothenburg 227-229 High Street, Prestonpans

Coalgate Inn The Wynd, Ormiston

The Pine Marten Spott Road, Dunbar

Craighouse Brewers Fayre Carberry Road, Musselburgh

The Bonnie Badger Main Street, Gullane

The Thorntree Inn 100 High Street, Cockenzie



Wallyford Miners Welfare Society & Social Club 24 Salters Road, Musselburgh

The Plough Tavern Hotel 11/13 Court Street, Haddington

The Brig & Barrel 8 High Street, Belhaven

Sportsmans Bar 58 High Street, Musselburgh

Cockenzie & Port Seton Bowling Club King George V Park, Port Seton

The Puffin 114 High Street, North Berwick

Prestonpans Royal British Legion 9B Rope Walk, Prestonpans

Cockenzie & Port Seton Royal British Legion West Harbour Road, Cockenzie

Macmerry Bowling Club Westbank Road, Macmerry

The Auld Hoose 19 Forth Street, North Berwick



East Lothian Cooperative Employees Bowling & Social Club Hungerage Park, Ormiston Road, Tranent



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